Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Don't Buy Brown Sugar - Make It Yourself

Don't Buy Brown Sugar - Make It Yourself

Today I'm going to talk about adding sweeteners to your pantry.  If you remember from the "Essentials" list, we already have sugar in our pantry.

Let's talk about Molasses and Sorghum.  Two ingredients you should have in your pantry.  Oh, by the way, you can STOP buying Brown Sugar now.  You don't ever need to purchase it again.

Molasses and Sorghum are found in the baking isle and run about $3 to $4 for a bottle.  You may think that is a bit pricey until I tell you that they will last an incredibly long time.

For your next Trivia question, here's the basic difference between them.  Molasses comes from the sugar cane and Sorghum actually comes from the Sorghum cane.  They both go through a processing procedure to make syrup but, if I remember correctly, Sorghum is less processed than Molasses and tends to have a lighter color and sweeter flavor than Molasses.

Here's the beauty of it.  If you have either one of these in your pantry, you will never have to purchase Brown Sugar again.  OMG! Am I serious?  Completely.

After you finish reading this post, go get your bag of brown sugar out of the cabinet, turn it over and look at the ingredients.......Sugar and Molasses!  Tada!!!!

And the stores charge you a fortune for brown sugar.

Now what's the difference between light brown sugar and dark brown sugar.......

How much Molasses is in it of course!

Seriously that's all brown sugar is.

Want to know how to make it?

Take a bowl and put in one cup of sugar.  Then add one Tablespoon of Molasses.  Mix it up very well with a fork.  Tada!!!!  You now have what is considered Light Brown Sugar.  Want Dark Brown Sugar.  Add more by the teaspoon until it is the color and flavor you want.  Tada Again!!!!

Now look at that jar and think about how many cups of brown sugar you can make from that one little jar.

Can you believe it's that fricken simple?  Who knew?  You didn't Know??? Now you now!

The thing is, you can make your Brown Sugar using either the Molasses or Sorghum.  Some things in my opinion just taste better with the Sorghum. For example, believe it or not, Molasses cookies actually taste better with Sorghum instead of Molasses.  Don't tell Molasses I said that because it might get offended.

Think about how many bags of brown sugar you could make with one jar of Molasses and one 5-pound bag of sugar.  Now compare that to the cost of 1 bag of brown sugar and how many bags you would have to purchase to equal out.  You come out ahead on the sugar + molasses every single time, even when it is on sale at the holidays.

After you make your brown sugar you can store it in any type of air tight container.  Air tight is the key factor here.

Wait, it gets better.....If your recipe calls for 1/2 cup of brown sugar then you simply add 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of Molasses.  You don't even have to mix it up before hand.  Just toss it in there.  O.K. O.K.  Don't toss.  That could be messy and then you'd be mad at me,  and then you'd stop reading my blog, and then I'd get stressed out and .......better to just pour it in there.

I just love the simple things don't you.

Now I have given you a way to not have to purchase bag after bag of brown sugar.  One 5 pound bag of sugar and one jar of Molasses and you are good to go for a Very Loooooooong Time.

Trust me, it saves money on your grocery budget.  Try it and see for yourself.

You can cross Brown Sugar off your grocery list now.


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